Empirical equivalence, explanatory force, and the inference to the best theory

Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 83 (1):281-309 (2005)
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In this paper I discuss the rule of inference proposed by Kuipers under the name of Inference to the Best Theory. In particular, I argue that the rule needs to be strengthened if it is to serve realist purposes. I further describe a method for testing, and perhaps eventually justifying, a suitably strengthened version of it.

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Igor Douven
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique


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